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From Old French neveu, from Latin nepōtem, accusative of nepōs.



nevew (plural nevewes)

  1. A nephew (offspring of one's sibling)
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Chaucer to this entry?)
  2. A grandson or granddaughter (offspring of one's children).
  3. Any other relative or kinfolk.


  • English: nephew
  • Scots: neffae


Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for nevew in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)